Alistair Overeem is filled to the brim with confidence heading into 2010



Quoteworthy I (on his place in the world heavyweight hierarchy):

"Number one. Granted, in order to prove that I am number one, I need time to defeat all the other fighters."

Quoteworthy II (on his desire to fight Fedor):

"If I want to prove that I am number one, I cannot bypass a fight against him. Fedor is my idol. Having said that, I have fought others whom I have regarded as idols, and defeated them: Vitor Belfort, Igor Vovchanchyn, and Peter Aerts, for example. Though I respect my idols, I of course do not want to lose them come fight time. Fedor is a great fighter... but only in MMA. If he fought under the K-1 rule, I don't think he would be as good as me."

Quoteworthy III (on channeling Muhammad Ali):

"I am filled to the brim with confidence regarding my winning the K-1 World Grand Prix. I am self-assured that I can stage spectacular fights that will floor everyone: I will become the K-1 champion. I will accomplish an unprecedented feat in the world of combat sport and become the greatest legend. There has been many fighters who deserve the billing of 'legend.' Kazushi Sakuraba has always been a legend and Wanderlei Silva was the PRIDE legend. Fedor, Rickson (Gracie), and Royce (Gracie) are also legendary names. Nevertheless, when I become a legend, I want to distinguish myself from the aforementioned names and become the greatest among all the legends by becoming the number one in both K-1 and MMA -- in other words, a 'double legend.' If I manage to accomplish the feat that no one else has, then I can rightfully be called the 'greatest legend.' (To all the DREAM fans) Here is the future K-1 champion: Look forward to my return to DREAM after capturing the K-1 belt."

Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem vocalizes his lofty ambition as he heads into the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final on Dec. 5. Depending on his condition upon competing in the Grand Prix, he may appear in the 2009 Dynamite!! on New Year's Eve before making his tentative return to Strikeforce in 2010. Looking forward to it, Maniacs?

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